With the summer season in full swing itâs time to strut your best and keep your dog looking hip!Â Enjoy these soft, yet fashionable harnesses!Â With designs to fit every taste weâre sure your pooch will look great and feel great!Â The sport designs are made with a mesh outter layer that will help your pooch keep kool in the hot weather.Â The only fashionable styles have a mesh inner lay which also help keep your dog cool and comfortable.Â With these awesome soft harnesses you and your pooch are bound to turn heads!
With the rainy weather upon us, itâs very imporant to know the dangers that your dog could face by drinking from puddles or still water.
What is Giardia?
Giardi â are sometimes confused with worms becuase they invade the gastrointestinal tract and can cause diarrhea.Â They in fact are not worms; instead, they are one-celled parasites that look like cartoon characters classified as protozoa.
Most dogs that are infected with Giardia do not have diarrhea or anyÂ other signs of illness.Â When the eggs (cysts) are found in the stool of a dog without diarrhea, they are generally considered a transient, insignificant finding.
How does my dog get Giardia?
A dog becomes infected with Giardia when it swallows the cyst stage of the parasite. Once inside the dogâs intestine, the cyst goes through several stages of maturation.Â Eventually, the dog is able to pass infective cysts in the stool.Â These cysts lie in the environment and can infect other dogs.Â They may able be transmitted through drinking infected water.
Life cycle of Giardia:
Giardia occur in two forms: a motile feeding stage that lives in the intestine, and a non-motile cyst stage that passes in the feces. The giardia trophozoite, which is the active stage of the organism â inhabits the small intestine of the dog. The trophozoite stage is tear-drop shaped, binucleated, and has four pairs of flagella. It attaches to the cells of the intestine with its adhesive disc and rapidly divides to produce a whole population of trophozoites. As they detach they may be swept down the intestine. If intestinal flow is fast then they may appear in the feces. However, if they have time, encystment occurs as the parasite travels to the large intestine. The cyst is fairly resistant, and can survive for several months outside of a hostâs body as long as sufficient moisture is provided. The cyst is oblong in shape with four nuclei that are sometimes distinctly visible.Â Mature cysts are usually found in the feces of infected animals. Other animals become infected by ingesting the cysts that passed from the body in feces. These ingested cysts then break open inside the small intestine to release the motile feeding stage (trophozoite). Giardia increase their numbers by each organism dividing in half which is called binary fission.
How is giardiasis diagnosed?
Giardiasis is diagnosed by a microscopic examination of a stool sample.Â The cysts are quite small and usually require a special floatation medium for detection, so they are not normally found on routine fecal examinations.Â Occasionally, the parasites may be seen on a direct smear of the feces.Â A blood test is also available for detection of antigens (cell proteins) of Giardia in the blood.Â This test is probably more accurate than the stool exam, but it requires several days to get a result from the laboratory performing the test.
How is giardiasis treated?
The typical drug used to kill Giardia is metronidazole, an antibiotic-type drug.Â it is given for 5 to 7 days.Â Other drugs are also used if diarrhea and dehydration occurs.Â If metronidazole is not effective, others are available.
Can humans become infected with Giardia?
Yes, Giardia can also cause diarrhea in humans.Â Therefore, environmental disinfection is imperative.Â The use of chlorine bleach, one cup in a gallon (500 ml in 4 liters) of water, is effective if the surfaces and premises can be safely treated with it.
- Giardia in dogs can cause diarrhea, vomiting, weight loss, poor condition, or death. However, many infected dogs show no symptoms.
- People can get giardia, causing diarrhea or other problems, but rarely from dogs.
- Dogs get giardia from water that has been soiled with feces. Give your dog safe, clean water to drink.
- Pick up your dogâs feces immediately, avoiding contact with your skin.
We invite you to join us thisÂ Friday,Â as we celebrateÂ the 8th Annual Tasteful Art on the Avenues eventÂ along Armitage Ave.Â Itâs an evening of fine art by Chicago artists, gourmet cuisine and drinks from local restaurants including Boka, Black Duck, Tarantinoâs, Twisted Lizard and more. Plus, boutique shopping at over 20 participating stores. Enter for a chance to win a $ 1000 gift basket full of merchandise and gift certificates from the neighborhood!
Matthew Lew resides in the âWindy Cityâ of Chicago and keeps finding inspiration on every street corner. After spending three years in Spain studying Art Studio and Spanish, Matthew moved to Chicago and fell in love with the city!
Meet Matthew at Dog-a-holicsÂ in Lincoln ParkÂ on Friday, June 19th.
Dog-a-holics has teamed up with Tilliâs on Halsted in Lincoln Park for Fridayâs event. Give your $ 10 donation to Childrenâs Memorial and enjoy complimentary appetizers from Tilliâs! After Tasteful Art on the Avenues, head over to Tilliâsâ¦.itâs just around the corner!
Location: 23 participating boutiques along Armitage Avenue between Kenmore & Halsted, as well as a couple spots on Halsted before Webster, and on Webster west of Sheffield. Maps will be distributed at the event.
Cost: The cost of the event is $ 10. Your donation will goÂ fully to Childrenâs Memorial Hospital.Â The donation willÂ give you a wristband and access to the complimentary food and beverages at theÂ 23 participating boutiques.Â You can purchase wristbands at all participating boutiques and at designated locations along the sidewalk.
Artwork: The artistâs will be available to discuss their work. All artwork is for sale and arrangements can be made directly with the artist.
Transportation & Parking: There are meters along Armitage and Halsted. The Armitage Brown Line stop is in the heart of all the event action!
Coming to this event? Bring this coupon with you andÂ save 15% off your purchase at Dog-a-holics! PlusÂ with every purchase made at any of the 23 participating businesses, you can enter to win a gift basket full of $ 1000 worth of merchandise & gift cards!Â This coupon is only valid during Tasteful Art on the Avenues and is only redeemable at Dog-a-holics.
|Offer Only Valid: June 19th, 2009Â between 6:00pm-9:00pm|
Whether theyâre a Cubs fan or a Sox fan we know our doggy daddies love their pooches and we also know theyâll be glued to the action this week for the cross town classic games. So spread the word to all puppy pops about our Fatherâs Day!
â¦Dog dads bring your dog and stop into our stores this week wearing your favorite baseball teamâs paraphernalia. Weâll snap a picture of you both and add it to our score board. At the end of the week, weâll see which team has the most Dog-a-holics fans! Pictures will be posted on our blog & Facebook pages.
â¦Dog dads â get 20% off all baseball themed merchandise in stock!
Home Team Derby & Discounts between June 15 â June 21 during store hours at both our locations!
Dog-a-holics, 904 W. Armitage, Chicago, Illinois 60614
(Under 1154 Lill Purse Studio)
Phone: (773) 857-5787
Fax: (773) 857-5780
Canât find parking on Armitage?
If youâd like to place an order over the phone, weâll run it out to your car.
Just call for Curb Side Service!
NEW Store Hours for the Lincoln Park Store
Mondays â Closed
Tuesdays & Wednesdays â 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
Thursdays & Fridays â 10:00 am to 7:00 pm
Saturdays â 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
Sundays â 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Dog-a-holics, 3608 N. Southport, Chicago, Illinois 60613
(Across from Julius Meinl)
Phone: (773) 857-7600
Fax: (773) 857-7601
*FREE CUSTOMER PARKING BEHIND BUILDING!*
Regular Store Hours for this Wrigleyville Location
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday â 10:00 am to 7:00 pm
Thursday â 10:00 am to 8:00pm
Saturday â 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
Sunday â 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
We had another great turn out for Juneâs âTreat of the Monthâ contest!
Congratulations to Henry, winning by 44% of the total votes! Heâll be featured on Bacon & Cheddar, A Dogâs Life brand of treats sold at both our stores! The treats will be available in a few weeks for purchase.
All of us here at Dog-a-holics want to say THANK YOU to all the participants and their adorable doggie pictures!Â You all are winners!
Keep an eye out for Julyâs âTreat of the Monthâ contest!Â Submission instructions will be available soon!
Again, congratulations to Henry!
Itâs that time again, Ravenswood Gardens annual garage sale
Saturday and Sunday June 13th and 14th from
10 am â 4 pm.
Chicago Canine Rescue is collecting
- framed pictures
- etcâ¦ for our Garage Sale!
We are NOT accepting the following:
- broken items.
All items that are donated must be in working condition.
Items can be dropped off:
Sunday 6/7 from 9am-3pm
Monday 6/8 from 3-8pm
Tuesday 6/9 from 3-8pm
Wendesday 6/10 from 3-8pm
@ 2721 W Giddings Street, Chicago 60625 on the garage/alley side of the
Donation receipts will be available for all items donated.
Try Dog Spot Eliminator, it is carefully blended to combat the dead spots in your lawn caused by animal urine. This revolutionary soil amendment product contains micro nutrients with no added fillers.
Dog Spot Eliminator can be used to pretreat areas where animal habits are known. When applied over the entire lawn, it reduces the intensity of further spots that develop from urination. It also aids the natural recovery of affected areas, making spot treatments more effective.
Dog Spot Eliminator is formulated to neutralize salt burns of all types including those adjacent to sidewalks and driveways, caused by various ice melting products.
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Effective on most animal urine grass burns
Neutralizes burns caused by ice melting products
Helps restore soil tilth and adds micro nutrients back into soil
Safe for pets or children when used at recommended application rates
Available in a convenient easy-pour 11 pound container for $ 19.99
(One 11LB container, when used as a preventative will cover approximately 500 sq. ft.)
June submissions have begun! Get your dogâs photo on treat packaging sold at Dog-a-holics! Each month you can submit a picture of your pooch and if your photo is chosenâ¦ your doggie will be the bark of the dog park!
To be considered for Juneâs âTreat of the Monthâ contest, follow these 3 easy stepsâ¦
1. Stop by either store for the secret email to submit your photo.
2. Email in the best photo of your pup(s).
3. Tell ALL your friends & family to vote for your dog on the designated weekend!
You can email your dogâs photo to the secret email between now and June 11th at 5:00pm.
The lucky winner will receive a free bag of the treats and these same treats will be sold at both Dog-a-holics stores and online throughout the year!
This monthâs photo submissions will be posted here June 12th â 14th for voting, so make sure to come back and vote for your favorite photo!
The winner will be announced June 15th and the treats will be available a few weeks later!
Stop by this week to get the secret email to submit your photo!
Dog-a-holics in Lincoln Park
904 W. Armitage Ave,
Chicago, IL 60614
Dog-a-holics in Wrigleyville
3608 N. Southport Ave.,
Chicago, IL 60613